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April 13, 2011 // 6:31 am - Update: PS3 hacker Graf Chokolo's house has now been raided a second time according to court documents and a post on his blog which states, to quote: "SONY was at my home today again, with a new TRO against me. They took my whole equipment again and told me to stop my OtherOS project or else . , guys.

They definitely do not want OtherOS back on PS3. They want me to take down all my OtherOS and PS3 utils. Make sure to clone all my GIT repositories. I don't think you want me to stop, guys, do you ? Tell me what you think.

To give up would mean for me to betray my principles guys, so, the next question is what is more worth to me, my life or my principles. Keep my principles and destroy my life or to trample on my principles and save my life ? Most of you know only my work and don't really know my personality, the guy who stands behind graf_chokolo. I'm proud how my parents brought me up, they tought to me to fight for my principles and what is right. To be a man of principles is not an easy task."

Today German police raided Graf Chokolo's house, and as a result he released his PS3 Hypervisor Bible while other PS3 hackers including Mathieulh are now removing access to their PlayStation 3 hacking work and Twitter accounts on the Internet and going into hiding.

MCVUK has confirmed that a Sony representative was indeed present during the raid.

Below is a summary of today's events thus far from PSX-Scene:

It seems Sony is not happy with the long process of using American civil courts to fight off the PS3 hackers, and have decided to step up the war game to the next level, and have now got the German police on their side to raid early this morning graf_chokolo's home and take all his computers!

The following is some of the quotes taken from his blog:

Originally Posted by graf_chokolo - February 23, 2011 at 11:52 am
Guys, SONY was today at my home with police and got all my stuff and accounts. So be careful from now on.

Originally Posted by graf_chokolo - February 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Guys, i don't joke, it's serious. And to prove it, i kept my word and uploaded all my HV reversing stuff. Upload it everywhere so SONY couldn't remove it easily. Grab it guys, it contains lots of knowledge about HV and HV procs.

Here is my HV bible: Sendspace.com, upload.com, 2shared.com <- Coolstuff.rar [164mb]

Originally Posted by graf_chokolo - February 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm
IDA database is the documentation, it contains all my knowledge, Linux booting is also there. It contains all the code i used to patch HV 3.41 and boot Linux. So, PS3 devs, grab it and continue my work. It contains just everything i know about HV, storage devices and so on.

Originally Posted by mecenefeaa - February 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm
this is not a scam i emailed graf and he confirmed the posts, and said not to email him anymore, it just seems like a scam due to the way things are playing out, but i swear its 100% not a scam as far as i know

Originally Posted by mecenefeaa - February 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm
I can say with 99.9999999% percent positivity that its legit, thanks graf (:

Originally Posted by mecenefeaa - February 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm
yea only admins like me and graf and dukio can (: and i extracted only like a fourth of the 165 megabyte rar and its lvl1, lvl2, and hv dumping and reversing for 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55 are there, theres more that ill look at later today when i get home, thanks graf (:

Originally Posted by mecenefeaa - February 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm
me too EVERYONE DOWNLOAD so even if Sony removes the files they will still be everywere and so we can reupload! spread it like the keys!!

On the eve of more possible "european raids" now that Sony's war machine is on the move, this just in:

Originally Posted by mathieulh
The ps3wiki is going down (I don't want to be arbitrarily raided by sony) This twitter is also not going to be active anymore.

Sadly, another wealth of PS3 information has disappeared from the 'net, here is what one of the PS3 wiki developers had to say in regard to this matter:

Originally Posted by kdsbest
thinking about selling my ps3 and buying an xbox.. i am an xna developer anyway so this thing helps me more. Sony ripped!

Original Now History Site: http://ps3wiki.lan.st

News Source: Mathieulh on Twitter

From IRC: Mathieulh: http://www.ps3devwiki.com is likely going to replace the ps3wiki

Finally, from Dukio (linked above): I don't know how to say this but graf_chokolo, the man who contributed a lot to the scene has recently been caught off by Sony and the Police. They went to his house to grab all his accounts and stuff, yeah could be anything related to his findings on the PS3 security.

He keep his promised though by releasing all his knowledge on the HV reversing. The uploaded files contains his database which is a series of tools for the PS3′s Hypervisor and Hypervisor processes. It will help other devs to reverse engineer the hypervisor of PS3 further. You can find the following (Based on the folders in the archive):

  • Dump LV2 Reversing
  • HV Dump of 3.15 Reversing
  • HV Dump of 3.41 Reversing
  • HV Dump of 3.55 Reversing
  • Payloads



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#16 - elser1 - February 23, 2011 // 5:46 pm
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yet heroin dealers and the like roam the streets with gay abandon... what a wonderful world... come on.. it's a video game system.

#15 - tonybologna - February 23, 2011 // 4:57 pm
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It makes you wonder if the PS3 console doesn't hold the key to a bigger treasure. Maybe it has the secrets to winning the Mega Millions lottery.

This is getting ridiculous! Sony has went insane & going after everybody and their mother. Please some court put a stop to this madness. How much more are they going to get by with here?

I honestly believe this is going to hurt Sony in the short and long term. Heck, I might even sale my PS3. It's making people very upset to see such a big company act in such a manner.

It's really unbelievable in how they're acting over this hack. Not seen anything even close to this from any other gaming console manufacturer. Good grief!

#14 - daveshooter - February 23, 2011 // 4:17 pm
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The German police were temps on quadruple training pay, or their new games room has been redecorated. I wonder how much the Germans sold their own out, when I believe they have no reason other than back handers, to the whale killing Japs, and dose his computer stay in Germany, or go to Japan?

#13 - PSPSwampy - February 23, 2011 // 3:54 pm
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Sony react so badly - makes you wonder what they're so scared of people finding. Maybe some little company owns patented interlectual property that sony have themselves stolen and they're terrified of the pending court cases against themselves.

Well, I can't think of any other (valid!) reason for such over the top reactions. Interesting to see how this plays out.

Feel sorry for Graf - he's gonna be in a hole heap o' ... for releasing his stuff! (That is of course assuming they can prove it was him / they don't get sued in the meantime)

#12 - kyyylekey - February 23, 2011 // 3:42 pm
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Yeah, just look at our cream-of-the-crop representative democracies. Jealous yet? Where your private property can be taken at any time by the goons of the State for the sake of a fictional entity's (i.e. a "corporation's") "intellectual property rights." I think I'll download extra stuff today to continue eroding the absurd notion of patenting and monopolizing ideas.

#11 - Zentsuken - February 23, 2011 // 3:23 pm
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Graf is a very dedicated man, he's risking his OWN skin in such a serious situation. True to his word, he releases this. Props to him for believing in what he does.

I used to be a huge Sony supporter. One thing is making sure your integrity as a corporation stays intact and that it doesn't become compromised. But this is getting out of hand. Look at Geohot for example, he's being pointed as the big 'culprit' to the cheating and such going on in the PS3. When infact, it's not that widespread and its only to those games that aren't tight on security in the first place. How many games have truly been hacked?

Seriously. All I usually hear about is the CoD series, and thats maybe because it's been the same damn thing ever since CoD 4. They've done little to change the structure of the game, hence why the hacking is so widespread in PC, 360, and PS3 for such game. If it wasn't for Geohot, hell, I wouldn't even own an iPhone right now.

Much respect to all the devs that make this possible, hope this ends well for all the ones involved.

#10 - dyceast - February 23, 2011 // 3:09 pm
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Damn, everything's getting serious now...

Much Respect to Graf and all the Other hardcord Devs that were/is working on the PS3...

#9 - is0mick - February 23, 2011 // 2:51 pm
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Hmm Sony really seem to be getting heavy handed now. I think its rather OTT of them to be raiding peoples houses for reverse engineering

#8 - Bishoff - February 23, 2011 // 2:50 pm
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I think it's time for some mob hits on these soulless Sony Execs.

#7 - modmate - February 23, 2011 // 2:34 pm
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Now things get even more serious. Also the new wiki on lan is not accessible from europe anymore.. dunno if US can.

Greets Modmate